Thursday, April 16, 2015

CCEE Stampers -- Influenced by Books

Frances is our April hostess for the CCEE Stampers challengeThis is her challenge.....

Today is National Librarian Day, so for our challenge this week use a book as your inspiration …. Children's or Adults.

I have been a voracious reader since childhood.  I have read many genres of books.  Currently I am enjoying mystery/thriller/detective type of books.  One I read a bit ago was Storm Front by John Sanford.  I used that as the inspiration for this sympathy card.

I used an Impression Obsession 6x6 block stamp for the clouds, a Hero Arts sentiment stamp, and a tree die.

Be sure to stop at the CCEE Blog to check out the reading habits AND talents of the rest of this fabulous team.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CCEE'ers Get Out Their Stencils

I'm Back.............................

 Frances is our CCEE Stamper's hostess for the month of April.  This week she asked us to use stencils in the creation of our cards.  I used an MFT sun stencil to create my image/bkgd. on the card.  I sponged the inks onto the main panel.  I added a sentiment 'flag' to the design.  The sentiment was created with a Penny Black stamp.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous creations made by the team members using stencils in some way.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The CCEE Stampers Go WILD

As the month of March came in like a lion (around New England, at least), so does our weekly challenge.  Anne, our hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenged us to go wild with lion or wild animal images.

After some hard thinking, I remembered I had this stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers which would perfectly fit the bill.  I used the lion image and the birthday sentiment from this set.  I added some layers and some paper piecing to finish the card, along with 3 brads.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the wild creations by the rest of this very talented and friendly team.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Crazies Play with Water......

Well today the Crazy4Challenges DT will celebrate the 2 Zodiac signs of February... Aquarius and Pisces.  They have something in common... both are water signs! 

I went CAS with this wonderful sea image and sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  U ysed MFT dies to cut my pendants, and then I added piercing around the edges of the card.  Pretty EZ-PZ.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the other water inspired creations by the DT.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The CCEE Stampers -- Inlaid Die Cuts

Sabrina, the CCEE Stampers hostess for February is a technique savvy stamper.  This week she challenged us to use the inlaid die cut technique.  You can find a tutorial on this technqiue at Splitcoaststampers.

I went CAS with mine.  I have had, unfortunately, a need for sympathy cards, and my stash is very low, so I wanted to keep this clean and crisp for a serene sympathy card.  I used a fern die (I think it is from Cherry Lynn Designs, but am not sure)  along with a Spellbinders circle die.  I didn't exactly do it as the tutorial instructed, but my results are the same.  I added a sentiment from Hero Arts and some paper piercing around the edges.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous inlaid die creations by the rest of this fabulous team.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sketch for the Crazies

It is the third challenge of the month, so our February Crazy4Challenges hostess, Kelli, has given us a fab sketch to play with.

I went very clean and simple with the sketch, using embossing in place of the two horizontal panels, and leaving off two small elements of the design.  I have unfortunately needed several sympathy cards lately, so I prefer them to be less 'busy' than other cards.  My image is by Penny Black and my sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Be sure to see the fab creations created from this sketch at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Moonstruck with the CCEE Stampers

Sabrina is our hostess for February for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is her challenge....

Interestingly, because February is a short month, there can actually be years in which there is no full moon at all. The last time this happened was 1999, the next time will be 2018. So while this isn’t one of those years - feature the moon on your cards.

 I have, unfortunately, needed a lot of sympathy cards recently, so I headed in that direction.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the moonstruck creations of the rest of the team.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Sabrina is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers in February.  This week the theme was PEARLS.  You could go simple as I did and use pearls, or you could do any of the fabulous pearl techniques.  You can find many of these techniques at

I really like white on white cards whether using die cuts or stamps.  Today I used a flower stamp from Penny Black along with an unlabelled sentiment.  I did shade the flowers a bit with gray Copics, but that does not seem to show in the photo (at least my weak peepers can't see it).  I also used a MS punch for the border, some self adhesive pearls, and an embossing folder.  I then added a corner detail of piercing.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog as I am sure my fellow DT members have used a variety of techniques. can always play along with us.  The CCEE Blog post will give you the details on how to post your card.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Crazies Hearts on Display

These dang cloudy and snowy days are making all my photos muddy, especially the white ones.  This is a crisp white in real life.

Anyhoooooo......Crazy4Challenges has a new hostess this month.  Kelli Hull has challenged us to make Valentines Cards, and if possible, to send them to our mothers.

I used an old Hero Arts heart stamp with a sentiment also from Hero Arts.  I pierced a frame around the edges with some corner piercing as well.  CAS it is.

Be sure to check out the Crazies Blog to see the heart creations by the rest of the team.